father-bother merger

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌfɑːðə ˈbɒðə ˈmɜːdʒə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌfɑðɚ ˈbɑðɚ ˈmɝdʒɚ/

NounEdit

father-bother merger

  1. A phonemic merger in English of the vowels /ɑː/ (as in father) and /ɒ/ (as in bother).
    • 2018, Gregory H. Bontrager, “Ambisyllabicity in an Optimal-Theoretic Model of English Stress Assignment”, in Florida Linguistics Papers, volume 5, number 2:
      The first is the father-bother merger, a loss of rounding contrast in the low back vowels by which the originally contrastive /ɒ/ has been subsumed by /ɑː/ into the fused phoneme /ɑ/.

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